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OBX drive on beach

Postby The08Merc - January 21st, 2017, 1:17 am

I was just wondering if anyone has any experience with an '08 Mariner/Escape on the OBX drive on beaches, I'll be headed there in the summer and I was curious how it would do with ground clearance and the intelligent 4wd. Is it safe or should I ride with someone else? Anyone with personal experience? I drive a 4wd 2008 Mercury Mariner premier v6
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Re: OBX drive on beach

Postby AusEscape - January 21st, 2017, 6:43 am

The08Merc wrote:I was just wondering if anyone has any experience with an '08 Mariner/Escape on the OBX drive on beaches, I'll be headed there in the summer and I was curious how it would do with ground clearance and the intelligent 4wd. Is it safe or should I ride with someone else? Anyone with personal experience? I drive a 4wd 2008 Mercury Mariner premier v6

My is an 05 but the most important thing with sand is right tyre pressure and momentum.

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Re: OBX drive on beach

Postby TheFutur - January 23rd, 2017, 3:52 am

What AusEscape said. Drop your tire pressure (remember to drive accordingly, no quick turns!) and keep your momentum up. I drove my 2002 4x4 v6 through the carcross desert in the Yukon Territory towing a 1,000 pound trailer and had no issues in the sand. Tire pressures were 20/20 and the trailer was 20.
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Re: OBX drive on beach

Postby fugitive - January 24th, 2017, 4:09 pm

I've been on Pismo Beach and Oceano dunes with my 2005.

I was doing better than most of the decked out jeeps. The light weight of the Escape works in your favor on sand.

Flotation (lower tire pressure) and momentum are your friends. I kept it in 1st or 2nd gear most of the time to keep the rpm's in the power band. If I needed extra power, it was ready to go.

Take the pressure down to 20psi and see how you do. If you need more flotation, go lower.
I have run down to 16psi with success.

It's best if you go with more than one vehicle, and have a snatch strap (not a tow strap). If you go alone, bring a shovel, some kind of sand board/ladder, and watch a few youtube videos on getting out of sand. Use your head when you drive and you should be fine.

Bring a portable air compressor or hit a gas station near the sand to air back up before getting back on the highway.

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Re: OBX drive on beach

Postby zibercat - April 5th, 2017, 11:03 am

I drove my escape (08, 4wd, 6 cyl) on the beaches of Fenwick Island in Delaware a couple of times, getting to the beach, around the beach and back into the road it was fun.
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Re: OBX drive on beach

Postby Escape94 - April 5th, 2017, 4:00 pm

zibercat wrote:I drove my escape (08, 4wd, 6 cyl) on the beaches of Fenwick Island in Delaware a couple of times, getting to the beach, around the beach and back into the road it was fun.


I never knew that was allowed. I knew you could on nearby assateaque
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Re: OBX drive on beach

Postby The08Merc - June 21st, 2017, 6:51 pm

For anyone wondering the Mariner/Escape does amazing on the sand. For anyone considering driving in sand, do it. Just air down to 20 and keep it in low gear, only trouble had is deep ruts but with a little gas, she got thru. 8-) still got another day of fun down in OBX too. ImageImage

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